Engaging with People Who Have Mobility Impairments
What are mobility impairments?
Mobility impairments are disabilities that affect movement, ranging from gross motor skills, such as walking, to fine motor movement, like involving manipulation of objects by hand. This can include people who are unsteady on their feet, and those who use a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair.
How to assist someone with a mobility impairment
Talking with someone with a mobility impairment
- If you expect that you will be talking with someone who uses a wheelchair or cane for a while (say two minutes or more), try to get to eye level—perhaps by taking a seat yourself or by kneeling. Check in with them to ensure their comfort. It may be easier to move to a different space for an extended conversation.
- Make sure you speak directly to people who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment and not only to non-disabled companions who may be present.
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